I remember when the Seattle Supersonics announced that they were moving the team to Oklahoma City. I was like what in the world is in Oklahoma City? What kind of market exists there to sustain an NBA franchise? The truth is that at the time my concerns were legitimate and valid, but Oklahoma City has experienced some major growth economically, and it is apparent in the manner in which the city is catering to first-time visitors. In comparison to just 10 years ago, there is a wealth of enjoyment just waiting to happen in Oklahoma City. No, it is not a metroplex like NYC, Houston, Chicago, LA, etc. However, it has its own unique personality that provides a very unique and personable experience to its visitors.
If you are planning on visiting OKC anytime in the near future, there are a lot of things to do that you should be aware of. We have taken the time to provide you with a list of 10 things that you should make it a point of doing during your first visit to OKC.
1. Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
It has been more than 20 years since the senseless slaughter of innocent men, women, and children at the hands of Timothy McVay, and the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum was erected to represent the resilience of this city and its residents, as well as their resolve to recover from such unspeakable violence. While the memorial is a reminder of the brutal bombing that took place, it is also a symbol of resilience.
2. Max’s Magic Theatre
Max’ Magic Theatre is the one place in Oklahoma City in which you can consistently observe the impossible become possible. This particular stop has been consistently ranked as one of the top 10 things to do in Oklahoma City for years. Imagine your brain being taken on a mental rollercoaster ride. The combination of magic and mentalism is nothing short of extraordinary, and it all has a personal twist to it.
3. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
When you think about places like Oklahoma, it is easy to conjure up images of cowboys, rustlers, and gunfights, but there was so much more to the cowboy era than what is shown in the movies. Being a cowboy was a way of life much in the same way that forming is a way of life now. When you visit this historical spot, you will be amazed by its Western art and the manner in which it represents this significant time in American history.
4. Oklahoma City Indoor Skydiving Experience
This particular to-do hits home because indoor skydiving is about as close as I will ever get to experiencing the real thing. I have heard that it is not as easy as they make it look, but that is the entire fun of it all. You get to experience the feel of skydiving without any of the danger. Well, you could get blown up against the window, but that is still much better than you shoot not opening at 15,000 feet.
5. Museum of Osteology
Okay, Osteology is simply a fancy word for the study of skeletons. In this museum, you will be amazed at some of the skeletons that have been reserved over the years. This is the only skeleton museum in the united states, which is interesting in and of itself. This 7,000 square-foot museum will give you and the family plenty to do for the day.
6. Mansions and Marvels
Any city that has been around as long as OKC has a lot of beautiful architecture, and you will be able to observe a large portion of the architectural masterpieces by taking the Mansion and Marvels tour. During this tour, you will not only get to see some of the most beautiful mansions and buildings in the city, but you will also get to take a guiding tour of the insides of these dated masterpieces.
7. Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame
The city is also home to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. If you are familiar with sports, especially college sports, then you know that the state of Oklahoma has produces some unbelievable talent over the years, many of which have had their names enshrined in the Sports Hall of Fame. The Jim Thorpe museum will definitely give you an appreciation for what they state has contributed to the world of sports.
8. Spooks, Spirits, and Scoundrels Ghost Tour
Okay, who does not love a good haunted house experience? There are a number of famous haunted houses in the city and you have the opportunity to visit these spots and determine for yourself whether they are haunted for real or not. There is no such thing as ghosts, right? Well, there is only one way to find out.
9. Memorial Park Cemetary
Memorial Park Cemetary is both solemn and inspiring at the same time. Any time that you are contemplating the loss of life, it is humbling, but the idea that people have lived their lives to the fullest, serving others and living in their purpose is immensely inspiring.
10. 99s Museum of Women Pilots
As a man, I love studying the amazing accomplishment of women. Living in a patriarchal society, we often afford our women secondary attention; however, women have played a vital role in advancing civilization, fighting for important causes, and breaking social barriers. The 99s Museum of Women Pilots gives you a detailed look at just one way women have made their presence felt in this country.
Written by Rick Wallace
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